Legendary Dominican merengue singer Johnny Ventura will offer concerts in Cuba this July. The King of Merengue, as he of often called, will perform at the Heredia Theater in Santiago de Cuba on July 3 and 4, and the Karl Marx Theater in Havana on July 10 and 11.
In Santiago, Ventura is expected to perform within the framework of the 35th edition of the Festival del Caribe [Festival of the Caribbean] along with fellow Dominican singer Maridalia Hernández and Cuban trova singer Tony Ávila. Cuban musician Elaín Morales, one of the organizers of the concerts in Havana who will also share the stage with Ventura, quoted EFE, saying that for the Dominican singer it is “a gift” to be able to perform in Cuba because, as a child, he was steeped in Cuban rhythms.
Johnny Ventura, also nicknamed “El Caballo” [The Horse] and who revolutionized this typical Dominican rhythm, has produced more than 100 albums in his 50-year career.
Listen to the poignant song “El carbonero” [The Coal Maker] written by Freddy Beras-Goico, here:
Listen to Ventura with Cuban singer Celia Cruz sing the infectious tune “El guaba” [aka the tailless whip-scorpion] here:
For original article (in Spanish), see http://www.diariodecuba.com/cultura/1434793331_15256.html